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7. Identifying and Managing Vicarious Trauma Symptoms Acquired as a Result of Counseling During COVID-19

  • March 01, 2021
  • March 31, 2021


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Identifying and Managing Vicarious Trauma Symptoms
Acquired as a Result of Counseling During COVID-19


Nadia Johnson, MS, LCPC

2.0 CEs  (Available March 1-31, 2021) ONLY
Link to Webinar will be sent at the end of February.

Workshop Description:

COVID-19 entered upon the world scene and altered the world as we know it. The pandemic has caused both medical and mental health crises as rates of depression, anxiety, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse have skyrocketed. Trauma therapist Michael J. Salas, PsyD., in his article, The COVID-19 Crises is a Trauma Pandemic in the Making,  (Home » PTSD ») puts it this way, “As a trauma therapist, I see a pandemic of another kind brewing, which isn’t being focused on enough. The social, mental, and cultural impact of going through a global pandemic will leave a psychological trauma pandemic behind.” 

 A psychological trauma pandemic is just another way of saying that we are facing a pandemic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as more and more people are developing PTSD symptoms. Therapists are dealing with extremely challenging situations in their work with clients while also dealing with new challenges and stressors in their own lives. As a result, therapists are at risk for developing vicarious trauma symptoms which, if not managed can develop into PTSD.

 The goal of this workshop is to help therapists:

  • ·       Understand the difference between “burnout” and vicarious trauma.
  • ·       Identify the signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma.
  • ·       Understand how on-going stress dysregulates the Autonomic Nervous System.
  • ·       Identify self-regulating strategies to reduce symptoms.
  • ·       Develop a “protection” plan.



Nadia graduated from Na­tional-Louis University with a Master’s degree in Hu­man Services/Counseling. In addition to her degree, she has received extensive training in working with trauma, a certificate from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress as a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, and is certified in EMDR therapy. She has twenty-eight years of experience in the counseling field. Her experience includes working at Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling for a number of years as a trauma therapist as well as the Clinical Super­visor. In 2003, she started her own private practice providing trauma treatment to children, adolescents and adults. She has worked with the Rockford Police De­partment providing trainings on managing acute stress, doing critical incident debriefing, and counseling police officers experiencing trauma-related symptoms. She has been a presenter for the Illinois Counseling Association, the Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association, and the Illinois Coalition Against Sexu­al Assault. She has served on the board of the Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association since 2004, serving two terms as President, currently she is ICA’s President Elect-Elect and has been on Illinois Professional Counselor Licensing and Disciplinary Board since 2015.

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